If anyone knows how to contact Jane can they pass this message on. I have Jason’s email so message me back via the Contact page and I’ll pass on his details to you. Thanks

Hi Jane

I’m writing to make an inquiry regarding your tenure as a writer for New Musical Express.

Presently I’m preparing a book on The Smiths, to be published by Omnibus Press. The book is a collection of facsimilies of original articles and interviews, album and single reviews, live reviews and news items, and will include many items from Melody Maker and New Musical Express, including your review of the Smiths’ Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre, 25-26 August, 1986 gigs (New Musical Express, circa September ’86). IPC has not been able to confirm that you were a staff writer, and I was hoping you could clarify your position at NME during this time. Since IPC has not been able to confirm your position they are only able to issue a licence for use of this review under an archive contract, which does not guarantee the rights to the piece.

If you have since acquired the rights to your review, or if you penned it as a freelance contributor, a fee for its use will need to be discussed – as long as you are happy for it to be included. Apologies, but I do not have the precise date of publication available to me.

Regards

Jason Collins

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It’s late. I am alone but the red wine is flowing so I thought I’d kill the time semi constructively and make sure something got posted for the month of December. Happy New Year to your all wherever in the world you happen to be. I’ll be in Copenhagen with any luck. God only knows where Courtney Love will be.

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Richey Edwards still missing. NME news item, 4th March 1995.

Blame it on the fact that I was forced to read Roland Barthes, Mythologies at an impressionable age but all I can see looking at this spread now is “Get Ready Gravediggaz”. They’ve had to wait a long time but Richey Edwards was finally declared officially dead today. R.I.P.

4Real or not 4Real? That is the question.

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Paolo Hewitt interviews Paul Oakenfold about Acid Culture, 22nd October 1988.

You could sum up this whole piece with “Take drugs kids, they’re amazing and everyone is doing them”. Of course, the NME couldn’t come out and say this directly, especially when they’ve started the piece by accusing the media of being out to kill the acid scene because of the drugs the media assume are involved. So you get quotes from Oakenfold like this,

“Obviously, drugs are involved but I don’t know to what extent. It’s impossible to say”.

Er, yeah…sure Paul. Maybe it’s impossible to say because you’ve already taken so much Ecstasy your brain resembles swiss cheese.

He continues with this gem, where if you replace the cipher word ‘fun’ with ‘drugs’ does actually sum up the scene perfectly.

“The key,” he [Oakenfold] explains, “the secret to the whole thing is fun. People have never had so much fun. People thought they would never be able to dance again. I’m 26 and I thought I’d never dance again. Now I go to clubs and dance. When you’ve got something that is so much fun everyone wants a piece of it.”

Haha! Who did they think they were kidding? Drugs have always been at the heart of every vibrant music scene. With the Acid/Rave scene they were at the heart, lungs, eyes, feet and every other part of the body. The real reason why so much modern music sucks so badly is because society sorely lacks for a new drug to kickstart it.

One of the brilliant things about the web is how so many of these records are being archived and made available on themed mp3 blogs. Audio.Out is particularly good, especially for the rarer stuff. Indeed it’s just posted Balearic Beats Volume 1, Part 1 which ties in nicely with this interview.

Oh and if you fancy saying hello to Paolo Hewitt he’s just launched his own blog

Who watches The Watchmen? The Daily Mail of course.

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Barry Egan interviews Sinead O’ Connor, 29th October 1988. Photos by Kevin Cummins.
The Sinead cover continues to be very popular so here’s that cover’s interview. Pretty girls dig their own graves.

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Maxell Tape Advert 1988

This is the back cover to the U2 cover just posted previously.

This ad, like almost every big corporate ad placed in the music weeklies, being all sorts of wrong. From the saxophone to those preppy clothes and haircut, even back in 1988 I remember cringing at how these companies kept getting ‘cool’ so spectacularly wrong.

Aside from this I can’t help but notice how that strapline pre-dates txt speak. This would surely read “Without UR, ur missing out” today. And of course whenever I think of Maxell tapes I always, always, think of this TV ad.



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U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988

U2 on the cover of the N.M.E., 22nd October 1988. Photo by Bledden Butcher.

Y’see, there was this band from Ireland….

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